Broadband Bytes is produced by Curtis Dean, President of SmartSource Consulting. Curtis has been involved with community/municipal broadband for 20 years, beginning as a community advocate in Spencer, Iowa and later part of the team that launched a municipal broadband network there.
Curtis later coordinated support for municipal broadband utilities in Iowa at the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, a role he stilll fills under contract.
SmartSource Consulting's mission is to provide support to community-based broadband providers in a variety of areas.
SmartSource Consulting has conducted Community Broadband Engagement and Education Projects in Adair, Belmond, New Hampton, Maquoketa, and Charles City, Iowa. These "pre-feasibility" studies educated the communities about the vital importance of fast, affordable, reliable, and universally-available broadband; engaged in a conversation with citizens and community leaders about what benefits a community broadband network could provide; and measured the community's interest in conducting a full feasibility study and business plan for such a network.